In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” this weekend, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the Biden administration made a mistake when they took vaccine mandates to a federal level.
“I think once the federal government, the Biden administration, stepped in and federalized aspects of this response, they owned it and created a perception that they alone could fix it,” Gottlieb said. Biden’s September vaccine mandate for everyone who worked at a company with over 100 employees was blocked by the Supreme Court this week.
Gottlieb also said in the interview he believes Biden made a mistake blaming the Trump administration for rampant disruption at the Center for Disease Control and other health agencies.
“I think the administration made some mistakes at a macro level. The first was buying into this prevailing narrative when they took office that a lot of the problems, if not all the problems, at CDC and from the federal public health agencies owed to the Trump administration and their mishandling of those agencies,” Gottlieb said, adding that the agencies had “deep flaws” prior to Trump’s time in office.
The one exception to the Supreme Court’s ruling this week is for federal employees. The administration’s vaccine mandate for anyone working at a federally funded facility still stands.